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Dust Storm Crash Kills 1, Closes I-27 North of Lubbock

Wednesday, Dec 19, 2012  |  Updated 3:59 PM CDT
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Dust Storm Crash Kills 1, Closes I-27

Sage Galloway, KCBD photographer

Photo taken Dec. 19, 2012, along Interstate 27 between Abernathy and New Deal.

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Interstate 27 north of Lubbock is closed after a major dust storm has caused at least five crashes that have killed one person and injured 17 others, KCBD- TV reports.

KCBD-TV reports that all lanes, northbound and southbound, are closed at Exit 13 near Abernathy due to a multi-car crash.

Wind gusts hitting 45 mph have reduced visibility in some parts to near zero.

The Texas Department of Transportation is "strongly discouraging" travel in the 120-mile corridor between Lubbock and Amarillo.

The storm has also dropped power lines, cutting electricity to about 1,000 people in the area.

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